Te Pae Christchurch has announced the appointment of its new director of culinary services.
Internationally experienced manager Darren Tait has joined Te Pae Christchurch’s executive team in July. He is responsible for leading the convention centre’s food and beverage team and managing Te Pae’s culinary strategy.
General manager Ross Steele says Darren’s appointment is a key part of the venue’s plan to ensure Te Pae Christchurch delivers world-class, creative cuisine that is sourced locally.
“Darren stood out for his diverse, international experience managing food and beverage teams and supporting Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK,” Mr Steele says. “We’re looking forward to seeing him express that creativity as he builds a unique, first-class food and beverage service for the region.”
Darren has more than 25 years’ senior management experience both in New Zealand and the UK, where he worked in the finest country house hotels in Scotland, large function venues in England, as well as the largest entertainment venue in Christchurch.
He studied leisure and recreation management in Scotland for two years before becoming the assistant general manager at Kirroughtree Country House Hotel. He then went on to become the food and beverage manager at Auchrannie Country House Hotel on the Isle of Arran, and the restaurant manager at Redworth Hall in County Durham.
Darren moved to New Zealand in 2005, where he joined The Latimer Hotel in Christchurch as food and beverage manager. Prior to joining Te Pae Christchurch, he was the food and beverage manager at the Christchurch Casino where he managed six restaurants and bars, and a large function space.
Darren says the opportunity to join one of the city’s major anchor projects was one he couldn’t turn down.
“Christchurch is my home, and I’m honoured to play a part in the regeneration of this great city,” he says. “I’m looking forward to working with the team in developing a world-class food and beverage offering – with a key focus on local produce and Kiwi hospitality.”